Completing the Circle

Completing the Circle

An Accident Analysis & What We Can Learn From It. The May 2017 crash of a Learjet 35 at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport has much to teach us regardless of what we fly. The National Transportation Safety Board reports:   The IFR flight plan to TEB planned a 28-minute flight at Flight Level 270. After Read More

Avoiding Fuel Trouble

Avoiding Fuel Trouble

“Almost half of pilots involved in fuel management accidents hold either a Commercial or Air Transport Pilot certificate.” From an Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) report: The pilot of a Beech Baron 58 aircraft contacted a refueler and requested 400 liters (about 105 U.S. gallons) of fuel be added to the aircraft. The refueller provided 200 liters of fuel, however Read More

Unified Flying Theory

Unified Flying Theory

To unveil the elusive aeronautical “Theory of Everything,” strive to be an artist and a technician in your flying. I made my traditional Christmas Eve flight with my father-in-law Jerry, a non-pilot but lifelong motor sports enthusiast. The skies were clear and cool, although hazier than I expected (maybe 20 miles flight visibility, less than normal Read More

Jet Journal: Personal Safety Standdown

Jet Journal: Personal Safety Standdown

Every year Bombardier Aircraft, parent company of Canadair and Learjet, holds a three-day conference in Wichita called the Bombardier Safety Standdown. The “BSS” began 21 years ago as an in-house meeting of Learjet factory demonstration and flight test pilots, and has grown into an international by-invitation event capped at about 500 attendees annually. Although the Read More

Jet Journal: I See the Traffic And Its Wake

Jet Journal: I See the Traffic And Its Wake

Wake turbulence can be dangerous at any altitude or phase of flight. Know how to visualize its location – and what to do if you find yourself in an upset. There’s an Alert Area over my home airport on the northeast side of Wichita, Kansas. There are no restrictions to civilian IFR or VFR flight Read More